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Waring MBB518 Food & Beverage Blender, Stainless Steel
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- 40-ounce glass jar holds 5 cups of mixed drinks, soup, or sauce
- Powerful 390-watt motor crushes ice fast
- High and low speeds cover mixing, chopping, and pureeing
- Dishwasher-safe glass jar and lid for easy cleaning
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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Blend Like a Pro
The Waring Pro Food and Beverage Blender provides effortless blending, pureeing and liquefying capabilities. The high-performance, commercially rated motor is powerful enough to crush ice like the pros, right on your kitchen counter.
Waring Pro Food and Beverage Blender:
- Classic waterfall base
- Commercially rated heavy-duty motor
- 550 peak watts
- Large 40-oz. cloverleaf carafe with English and metric graduations
- Simple 2-speed operation
Dimensions:Measures 7 in x 8 in x 15 in.
A Closer Look:The stainless steel base houses a commercially rated motor that crushes ice fast. The 40-ounce glass jar holds five cups of drinks, soup or sauce.
Take Care: The self-cleaning blade assembly makes clean-up easy.
Bandleader and inventor Fred Waring introduced the first blender in 1936; more than 60 years later the Waring blender remains the standard for the field. Tall and old-fashioned looking with a plated metallic finish on its base, this blender will crush ice in a few seconds. This blender feels sturdy: the lid, with a cap that doubles as a 1-ounce measurer, fits securely, and the pitcher, made of thick, ridged glass, won't wobble. Many chefs prefer a blender rather than a food processor for soups and creamy sauces--the blades of a good blender whirl more quickly than those of a food processor and will refine a thin liquid such as cream of tomato soup to an incomparably silky texture. This blender is definitely up to that task. The fixed, self-cleaning stainless-steel blades on the base of the pitcher mean the lid is the only separate part to wash. --Maria Dolan
Please put liquid in first and ice last
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UPDATE ON APRIL 1, 2006: The Waring has worked flawlessly in daily use for over four months now. I would give it 4 stars now instead of 3 (but Amazon won't let me change the rating).
FURTHER UPDATE ON JANUARY 2007: It keeps plugging along, making daily smoothies without complaint. The bowl has survived hundreds of cycles in the dishwasher without problem. I'd change my rating to 5 stars if Amazon provided a way to do it.
SEVERAL MONTHS LATER: Now I know why they don't want you to use a dishwasher. Over time the dishwasher scrubs out the lubrication on the blade shaft. Ours starting binding. Fortunately I had the tools to remove the shaft and lubricate it. Now it's working fine again, but now we are careful just to rinse it with a brush and hot water and keep it out of the dishwasher.
NOVEMBER 2008 Update: Three years of nearly daily use now, and no further problems. (Where does the time go?)
Certainly there are more powerful blenders. Vita-Mix and Waring's Mega Pro are two such examples. Nevertheless, one would be hard pressed to justify the added expense of either machines for the average home. Kitchen Aid puts out a slightly more powerful blender (500 watts). But I have used both and for my money, Waring produces more consistent results for a wide variety of blending applications.
The cloverleaf glass jar is sturdy and easy to clean. I had some reservations about buying glass with a stainless steel version available but to my surprise, I actually prefer it. It is often necessary to have the contents visable(not possible with the steel jar) while blending to ensure a consistently smooth texture or to prevent overblending.
I recommend this product highly.
Noise - I think this one is slightly quieter than my Kitchenaid and definitely quieter than my parents old Oster. Even so, don't plan on trying to watch TV or carry on a conversation with the thing running. Luckily it does it's job pretty quick.
Cleanup - FAR better than the kitchenaid. No disassembly required; just put some hot water and a little dish soap in and run it a few seconds. Rinse and you're done. Dishwasher safe if you feel like it too. Kitchenaid has the jar, lid, jar base, blade assembly, and gasket to fool with. Lots of crevices for food to get stuck in.
Performance - Simply a better performing blender. Blends drinks to a much smoother consistency with no big ice chunks left behind. With the Kitchenaid I frequently had to pop the lid off and give things a stir to get them mixed up and worked down to the blades. I rarely have to do that with the Waring. I don't have anything scientific to back this up, but I think it is a matter of geometry. The Kitchenaid is a wide, squat jar where the contents seem to be able to find refuge from the whirling blades. The Waring is taller & skinnier and it seems that nothing gets away from the blades. The Waring has only two speeds while the Kitchenaid had five, but I don't really miss them at all. I haven't found anything the Kitchenaid could do that the Waring can't do at least equally well.
Durability - The problem I had with the Kitchenaid was the blade assembly. The metal "gear" on the bottom is a press fit onto the shaft that connects to the blade. When this loosens up (such as when an ice cube jams up the blade) there is no way to repair it. New assembly costs about $15. If the Waring had a similar failure, the thing does come apart, the replacement part is about $4, and it is widely available. Other than this, they both seem to be durable and rugged. The glass jars on both are thick and sturdy, and they really give the blender some mass.
So far I've had my blender 11 weeks and have been using it mostly to make frozen drinks and milkshakes. The Waring is by far superior to the blender it replaced. It looks great, performs nearly perfect, and comes from a company with an excellent reputation and parts support. Can't ask for much more than that.